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>> how can college therapists... >> i felt like i had been raped all over again >> ...better help these victims only on al jazeera america this is al jazeera america. i am thomas drayton. the u.s. state department evacwaited some embassy personnel from baghdad. door-to-door searchs and rodeside checkpoints part on lockdo lockdown a church is for three settlers. >> santos wins reelection in
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colombia tightest presidential election in years. two death row prisoners are set to be executed. in tonight's week ahead, we look at the controversy over the death penalty. good to have you with us. we begin in iraq where the government has vowed to crush sunni rebels. rebel fighters from isil have taken over several towns in an uprising against the prime minister, no uri al maliki. the army is fighting back. this footage shows aerial strikes against the positions north of baghdad. the government has reinforced security across the capitol. today, car bombs killed at least 15 people. rebel fighters remain in control of the key towns of mosul and tikrit. there are reports the rebels are pushing ahead elsewhere. the latest from baghdad.
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>> a de prime minister and a promise to void what he describes as the terrorist conspiracy against his nation. >> translator: there are thousands like you, all iraqi people. raise up, volunteer, and we couldn't even have space more these and we will advance to all space to crush our enemies. >> earlier, iraqi military helicopter did s in action. it is part of the campaign the government says is reversing the tides against the advance of sunni rebels. this cockpit video shows air strikes against fight it will from the the islamic state of iraq in lavant and on the o outskirts of mosul. the government says hundreds of
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rebels have been killed clearing towns and villages in the operation. >> brothers, what we need to stress here is that the security situation in baghdad is under our complete complete control. security forces are carrying out pre-emptive attacks in addition to attacking terrorist hideouts. >> despite the military, isil and rebel groups control mosul and saddam hussein's hometown of ti tikrit. people are fleeing for the safety of the kurdish region. >> we have had 110,000 displaced people and 100 families have arrived from mosul. the number is set to increase. only 5% of the displaced families have returned to areas now controlled by peshmurga forces. >> in baghdad, a suicide bomber struck a gathering of laborers. many were killed and injured. the capitol is secured against
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rebel advancement. but there is a sense of far. >> the sectarian tension is building up. they have expressed their concerns and called on iraq's leaders to find a political solution, but that could be too late. omar sala baghdad. >> images that appear to show men being executed have been posted on a twitter group said to belong to isil. the caption suggests they are shias punished for fighting sunnies. it was suspended hours after the images were posted. the pictures cannot yet be independently verified. president obama is weighing whether the u.s. military should get involved to stop the vie lenses. reports say the white house may open a direct dialogue with iran on the situation in neighboring iraq. today, the state department says american embassy workers are being pulled out of the country as a precaution. patty colhane reports. >> this is the largest u.s.
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embassy in the world, heavily fortified and guarded. the baghdad building is about to have fewer workers. the state department is being vague on numbers but says some staff are being moved to other posts in and outside of iraq while more security staff will be flown in. the aircraft-carrier, the usshw george bush waiting for the president to decide if the u.s. should launch air strikes to shore up the iraqi government. he said that would happen if prime minister nori al maliki took steps toward political reconciliation. some politicians believe president obama should force him to. >> they are not going to do it on their own. they need us to lead them. we are not leading right now as a nation. >> the overwhelming message from other politicians, americans should be afraid of what's happening in iraq. >> i guarantee you, this is a problem that we will have to face. we are either going to face it in new york city or face it
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here. >> the seeds of 9-11 are being planted all over iraq and syria. >> linedsey gram created controversy calling for the u.s. to work with iran to stop the violence. >> why did we deal with stalin? because he was not as batted as hitler in our eyes. >> former marine ross kaputi who once fought to retake fallujah thinks the blame lies closer to home. >> it was inevitable that will this sort of unrest would break out on this level because the structural injusts we put in place through the occupation have never been resolved and until iraqis get some amount of justice and have some voice in their own country, i think this violence is inevitable. >> the question for the u.s. now: can it realistically hope to make any changes in iraq in the midst of this, when it hasn't been able to in all of the years that led up to it. patti col hawaiian, al jazeera, washington. >> the west bank city of hebron
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is essentially is on lockdown as at a time search continues for three settlers. prime minister netanyahu said they were kidnapped and believes hamas is behind the abductions. eighty palestinians well ties to hamas has been arrested. more from the occupied west bank. >> reporter: the israeli army has all but locked down hebron city. in the occupied west bank, tension door-to-door searches and roadside checkpoints seem to be non-stop hunting for three missing israeli teenagers. they were last seen hitchhiking near an illegal settlement where they live and are presumed to have been kidnapped. it's a painful shock for settlers in the area. >>. >> when we heard the news, the community felt like this is our child, and everybody, even if they don't know him, et cetera connected to us. everybody's confused. it's difficult for them. we are all waiting for answers like the parents. >> the government in israel
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accuses the palestinian group, ham, of taking the young men. the group, which controls the gaza strip, is considered by israel to be a terrorist organization. and prime minister benjamin netanyahu says all military options will be considered. >> israel will act always under its prove incident, always under our control, to bring home the three kidnapped teenagers. israel will act against the kidnappers and their terrorist sponsors and comrades. we will do whatever needs to be done to protect our people, our citizens, our children, and our teenagers from the scourge of terrorism. >> hamas dismissed the accusations. >> netanyahu's statements are stupid. they are meant as part after secret service war. israel is fully responsible for the escalation against our people and against the palestinian leadership, including the large-scale detentions and arrests of hamas
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members and hamas parliamentians in the occupied west bank. >> whoever did take the three teenagers has not yet come forward or issued any demands. it's not clear if they are dead or alive or where they are being held. >> information will determine what the israeli military will do next to get them back. jane ferguson, al jazeera, ramallah, the occupied west bank. >> the mother of the american kidnapped team is speaking out about the ordeal and is hoping for a quick return of her son. natali frankel. >> we tuft that yal, boys coming home and away from school. they were just on their way home. will be with us here, and we will hug them soon and really thank you all, and god willing, we will all be able to celebrate their return safely. >> today's sec tear of state john kerry released a statement saying the united states strongly condemns the kidnapping
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of three israeli teenagers and calls for nair immediate release. our thoughts and prayers are with their families. in eastern ukraine, it's been the bloodiest weekend since the conflict began. today was a national day of mourning for the 49 people who died when pro-russian separatists shot down a military plane. much of the recent violence has sentencerred on luhansk. citizens are bracing for more. kim vinnal reports. >> reporter: the governor said on sunday in the previous 24 hours, more than 100 people had been killed as the ukrainian military moved in to take control of two towns to the north of luhansk. he didn't clarify how many of that number were separatist fighters and how many were civilians. >> figure is impossible to independently verify but it does seem to coincide with what we are hearing from officials in kiev. a spokesperson for the government's antiterrorism operation says 250 separatist
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fighters have been killed in the entire military operation across the east. so obviously the number of casualties in this conflict is continuing to rise. fighting meanwhile is ongoing. slovyansk is continuing to beshelled every night and in the town of ambrosivka, renewed clashes have broken out. luhansk, the people and separatist fighters are expecting a military attack at any moment. they say the town is beginning to be surrounded by ukrainian troops, but they say they will stand and fight until the end. >> kimv vinnell in ukraine. >> launching an all out offensive in tribunal taliban areas. it started with airstrikes overnight. many people spent the day packing up and leaving the region. they hope to cross the border into afghanistan to escape the fighting. military action comes one week after the taliban claimed
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responsibility for a deadly attack on karachi's international airport. the fight against thetaltable is being waged on the streets of kirachi. that's where they say the taliban turns to criminal enterprise to fund its operation. osama bin jazid in pakistan. >> in the slums, a search for suspected fighters hiding in the narrow allies, part of an -- alleys. more than 20s million people are estimated to be living in pakistan's largest city. police say this search was successful. weapons were found and six suspects arrested. in the last few years, many taliban fighters have come it kirachi after military operations against them in the north. >> the largest populations outside of tribunal people from sawatt are in kirachi. they come here and become guests of families and relatives and
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hosts name make it easier for them to find support. >> law abiding pashtoon citizens are helpless in the face of it incomers. crime fighting carries the burden of counter terrorism. law enforcement agencies, many people don't trust policemen. the taliban know it. >> translator: you can make $5,000 with a few threatening phone calls to a businessman who doesn't want any trouble. the taliban has moved to kidnapping from extortion. our assessment of the last eight to 10 months is they have generated over $1.2 million in ransom alone. >> taliban and other groups generate millions of dollars from this city. besides kidnappings and extortion, they force their hosts to make donations and provide places to hide. and that's where kirachi es
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police is struggling to control them. police say the slums where the taliban have support is the hard to penetrate. narrow alleyways make it hard to chase targets. many working undercover have been killed. >> not many of us are left willing to fight the menace, especially when it comes to your family. many in the force don't care about sacrificing themselves. but when it comes to their families, not everyone is willing to risk it all. >> to help on the front line in tracing and prosecuting criminals, police officers are calling for specialized training. unless they can improve their image with people who will can provide intelligence resources along won't be enough to face the complex threats facing one of the involved's most populous cities. >> the u.s. army has appointed a two-star general to look into the circumstances of sergeant bowe bergdahl's capture, upon speculation he deserted his
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post. an earlier investigation found he had walked away from his unit before but always returned. the latest investigation is expected to begin next week. in egypt, the thritrial of 3 journalists accused of supporting the outlawed muslim brother is due to resume tomorrow. we get more from saria linney. >> reporter:ts. >> reporter: almost six months behind bars, waiting for others to decide their fate, journalist peter greste, mohammed fatmy are on trial falsely accused of supporting the outlawed muslim brotherhood. the prosecution is asking for maximum jail materials. seven years for greste and 15 years for the others. they are not alone. al jazeera arrest abbic journalist abdullah al shamy is
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in prison without charge. his health is declining. families are getting increasingly frustrated. >> the prosecution did conclude its case with what i think in all fairness were pretty wild and sweeping allegations against the whole of the group. >> other journalists have also found themselves being called enemies of the state. activists, too. a court sentenced fatah to 15 years jail last week. he was a key figure in the 2011 uprising that toppled hos any mubarak. al-sisi is the president. he is promising to fix many problems. journalists want him to promote freedom of the press. so far they have a state which does the opiniposite. al jazeera. >> we go to columbia now where president juan manuel santos won
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reelection. it was a tight race against oscar ivan ziluaga. >> that's president santos celebrating victory will almost 51%. the victory means he will continue peace talks with the farc reynolds, a key promise in his campaign. >> today, unity has been vicktorious. millions of compatriots have supported the dream we share devoted for the change in fear for hope. >> marchian a sanchez has more from the capitol, bogota. >> the president santos addressing thousands of supporters and the columbian people said that this is a time for peace, that the new generation of children will be the generation of peace. anyone in columbombia who has 5 years or younger than that is
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someone who has been born and has lived through war here in columb columbia. so, he said columb n columbians voted to change fear for hope. he september a message to the farc rebels and to the eln rebels, which is the other guerilla that we also -- will also hold talks with the government. he said this is the end of 50 years. it's time to put an end. but his opponent who con ceded and who con gratlated santos did not offer to participate in the next government. they have 20 senators, the party he represents have gained 20 senators. the leading senate is president alvrivi who is the worst enemy of the santos and who considers president santos a traitor. >> in bogota. a radio voice known to millions is silent tonight, cassey kasem who hosted
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"american top 40" for decades has died. his showed included love letters and long distance dead indications. morgan radford has a look at his career. >> hello again and welcome to "american top 40". >> an eye coiconic voice of rad counting down hits in a show that became one of the favorites all across the country. >> these are radio's hottest hits by music's hottest starts. >> he was born in detroit, michigan he started his career as a disk jocky in michigan before becoming an announcer on armed forces korea network in 1952. but it was the radio show "american top 40" that made him a household name to teens. his countdown of the best of billboard singles combined with song dedications and simple stories about the stars ran from 19 sent until 1988 reaching nearly 1,000 radio outlets. he hosted another version from
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1998 until 2004, when ryan seacrest took over. the television version, casey's top 40 ran from 1998 for a decade. kasem had an extensive career in voice overs. >> here he comes. an aerial attack. his best known voice over attack was shaggy in the cartoon scoobby doo. he suffered from a neurological disease causing dementia leading to a family battle in court over his care. just last month, his daughter, carey, was granted conservatorship. he once told the "new york times" that he developed his trademark sign off because he never wanted to say goodbye to any station where he ever worked. so instead, he ended every single show with this: . >> keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars. >> morgan radford, al jazeera, new york.
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u.s. the u.s. department of justice is also conducting an investigation into general mo motors failures. >> in detroit, once again, barra will go through congress this wednesday. coming up, capitol punishment in america. >> the jury said "not guilty. "i can remember like yesterday. >> the subject of tonight's week ahead. a possibility solution for the world's blood shortage. a new machine that recycles the blood instead of reline lying on trans fusions. one of soccer's greatest players takes center stage. all eyes on lism onel messi. we go to brazil coming up
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welcome back to al jazeera america. here with the top stories we are following right now. the government of iraq has vowed to crush sunni muslim rebels. meanwhile, violence continued in balancingdad. a number of explosions killed 15
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people. the u.s. state department says it will evacuate a number of personnel from its embassy in light of the insecurity. tensions are rising as the search cons for three missing teenage settlers in the west bank. today, israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu blamed hamas for abducting the teens. the mother of the kidnapped american teenager is speaking ou outs, saying she hopes for her son's quick return. >> juan manuel santos has been r re-elected to another term. he will continue peace talks with farc rebels as a key part of his campaign. it was a tight race. santos won with 51% of the vote. it is sunday night and time for our look at the week ahead. tonight, we focus on the death penalty right here in the united states. two institutions are schedule -- exclusions are scheduled in florida and georgia. with that in mind, we look at new questions about how humane any execution can be and a new controversy surrounding an issue that continues to divide the
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country. we begin with this report from courtney keeling. >> i am here today in spite of the system. >> suja gram spent 11 years in prison in california. >> it was there, my fourth trial, the jury said "not guilty." i can remember like yesterday saying, my greatest nightmare has finally, come to an end. i have been out over 20-something years. each and every day, i suffer. >> the witness to innocence program, a group by and for exonerated death row inmates keeps track of those released from death row after evidence proved their innocence. since 1973, the group has counted 142 people in 26 states. >> means for every nine prisoners put to death since the death penalty was reinstated in
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1976, one persons put to death was exonerated. >> there is renewed debate and whether lethal injections constitute cruel andnub punishment. the botched execution of oklahoma inmate clayton locket in april as well as a nationwide shortage of lethal injections has driven 32 states that have the death penalty to look at alternative options. >> locket was convicted of first degree murder, rape, kidnapping and robbery after shooting a routine age girl and burying her alive. his execution lasted 43 minutes. i witnesses described him writhing and groaning on the gurney as well as struggling to speak. an independent forensic report ordered by locket's attorney show the iv used to inject the drugs was improperly administered. the execution was so badly handled, president obama ordered a review of state protocols. under oklahoma law, lethal
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injections must be administered by a licensed certified healthcare specialist but the american medical association, the american board of anesthesiology and the american nurse's association are among the groups that prohibit members from assisting in executions. the first discussions in the u.s. since the locket incident could take place this week and the debate over cruel and unusual punishment is likely to become more heated. >> courtney keely, al jazeera, new york. >> three convicted murderers were scheduled to dilator this week but a federal judge granted a stay of execution for john winfield of missouri. the others are scheduled to be put to death in georgia and florida. as courtney reported, it came under scrutiny after clayton locket's botched execution in oklahoma two months ago. >> that's made critics question the drugs being used in the injections. many of them are imported from europe. now some european countries have stopped their exports after discovering they will be used
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for capital punishment. spoke to government affairs council for the constitution project. richard dieter, executive director of the death penalty information company in silver springs, maryland. i asked what crimes are punishable to be punished by death? >> murder is the basic crime for which people are on death row. the supreme court said if there this is a crime short of murder, it would be cruel and unusual to have the death penalty. there are a few things like treason and espionage that might be eligible but everybody is on death road for a murder basically. >> is the prosecutor required to use the death penalty? >> no. they are absolutely not required to use the death penalty. in fact, in most instances, prosecutors do not seek the death penalty for death-eligible cases. >> so lethal injection was first used in texas in 1982. it was supposed to be a cheaper, easier way to execute an inmate. not the case?
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>> well, they carried out about a thousand executions with lethal injection, but when the drugs were withheld by the manufacturers and by the european countries, states have now scrambled to try to find new drugs or new combinations in a bit of experiment with human subjects and that has delayed things. these things have cost more. the executions haven't gone well. so things are in a turmoil right now. >> i want to point out, out of 32 states that currently have capital punishment all use lethal injection as their primary method of execution although rarely used under certain conditions, eight states could allow death by electrocution, three by gas chamber. we should mention, three by hanging, and two by firing squad. mr. dersher, how many cases of botched discussions have there been? >> well, in this year alone, there have been at least two. there was mr. locket's case, which garnered a lot of attention in late april.
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and then earlier this year, in ohio, mr. mcguire struggled for about 26 minutes before he eventually succumbed and died. and in both of those cases, the states were using new drugs under new protocols that had been adopted under a great deal of secrecy and really, that's the trend. as mr. duhder mentioned, a lot of states are now scrambling to look for drugs that they can use in these lethal injection schools. >> are they the drugs or the way they were administered? >> i think that that's an open question. certainly, the report from the koraner at the end of last week indicated that there were problems with the way that the iv was placed in mr. locket's fem oral vein but at the same time, that koraner noted that there was a great deal of information he still needed to get from the state in order to finish his conclusions.
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and so, at this point, i think we should be really careful about moving forward with additional executions when we are not sure what happened in oklahoma. >> mr. dieter, have we learned anything from the two latest botched discussions. >> both states conducted reviews of the process. ohio said we will increase the amount of the drug. i don't think that's an adequate solution. the oklahoma review is underway. there has been a preliminary autopsy from one doctor. i think a lot more -- i think a national review is needed to see what are the best practices. what are the best drugs? are doctors willing to participate? there is a lot of national questions. this state by state is a bit of experiment and different states are trying different things and all of this is as i say with human subjects. we usually don't allow that kind of experimentation. >> the obama administration, the justice department, launched a national review of the death penalty. what's being examined here?
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>> that's an open question. i know that the department of justice is looking into the issues that it could examine in this study in addition to lethal injection, there are questions about whether a study regarding race and racial disparities in the death penalty should be examined, whether the cost of having death penalty systems, what are the costs, in addition to taking a look at some of the concerns with forensics and the reliance on forensic sciences that aren't peer reviewed and that don't really have a consistent guidelines across jurisdictions and sometimes even within the same states. >> mr. dieter, should this be a state or federal issue? >> well, ultimately, i think, this is a supreme court issue which is, of course federal. the question of whether the death penalty is being used in a cruel and unusual way, that's a federal question.
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now, typically most people on death row, the 3,100 people on death row, almost all of them are state cases. states have to resolve whether they want to keep the death penalty or not. if we are going to have it, it's got to be constitutional. >> that's a federal question. i think that's why the president didn't just say we have to look at lethal injections. we have to look at this whole process. is it arbitrary? are there racial biases? those are federal questions. >> you mentioned a large population, african americans, those who are suffering from mental illness and those who lived it in poverty? >> i think those are all absolutely huge concerns. the department of justice did a race-based stud income 2000 that revealed that more than 70% of people facing federal capital charges were beam of color and more than 80% of people on death row were people of color. so there is certainly a suggestion. not just in terms of the people who are being sentenced to
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death, but the cases and the victims, the race of the victims in cases that are brought to capital prosecution are more likely to be white and, in fact, more likely to be white women. there is a question about whether or not there is a sense of fairness and justice in the manner in which we choose who it is we are going to try to sentence to death. >> mr. dieter, how many states have moratoriums? is this a wake-up call to the direction we are headed in? >> there is three governors in the western states of colorado, washington and oregon who have stopped discussions formally. those are mandatory. then you have places like carolina, north carolina, arkansas, where there is a hold on discussions because they haven't figured out the lethal injection process. it's not a formal moratorium but the courts have said until you get the right combination and can defend that process that you are going to use so that we don't have more oklahomas and ohios, the botched executions i
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am referring to, they are not going to let anything go forward. >> in our final moments on the weekend ahead, mr. duresher, how do you see this playing out? >> i think that what you are going to see is more litigation within the states to pry to prevent executions because states inc. cyst on main taining secrecy around their lethal injection protocols we will have to see what the department of justice decides the scope of its review will be and what those findings will result in ultimately. >> mr. dieter, your final thoughts? >> well, the death penalty actually is declining in the u.s. executions are down. death sentences are down. fewer states are using it. i think if that trend continues, it might well be considered that it's is a remote, cruel and unusual kind of in the sense that only a few places are carrying out executions and that becomes a constitutional question, not this year or next
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year but down the road. >> we will have to leave it here. the debate continues. richard dieter, executive director of the death penalty information system and for the constitution project, gentlemen, appreciate your time on the week ahead. a quick look at some other events. on monday, the international monetary fund will release the annual assessment of the u.s. economy. the funds' managing director will hold a news conference to release the concluding statement. >> on thursday, republicans will hold an election. on the thursday friday, the african-american will begin in guinea. agriculture and food security. blood is one of medicine's most costly resources. the high demand isn't going anywhere. a new life-saving technology is making it cheaper and himontier for patients to recycle their own.
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phillip bell explains. >> it is one of the issues medics have faced: how to minimize the amounts of blood lost during major surgery especially since the demand for donations is insashable. >> that's why hemosep is getting surgical cycles excited. this takes the best bits out of the blood that leaves the body and prepares them to go back in. >> what this system will do is it will take the blood and then suck it into the back and once it's in the back, the bag will start to filter out all of the water-like solution so you are left with the clotting factors and red cells and they can be given back to the patient. >> the very bits? >> very important bits that the patient requires to help them stop bleeding and to continue carrying the oxygen around the body. >> the notes of recycling blood first caught on during the early years of the aids crisis with concerns about contaminated supplies. it's not a new opposed. what is new is being able to do
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it all so cheaply. a unit of blood costs $240. but parts for this machine are half that price: $120. they can even be manufactured on a 3-d printer. >> the actual device, itself, is a very small footprint. so you can move it to the location that's required and it is very cost effective come paired to current methods. >> how is that >> because you are recycling the whole blood species. you don't have to add other elements like platelet therapy when you are giving blood trans fusions. so, it can save costs and save time. >> the hemosep was originally intended for war zones, places where spare blood is typically in short supply but helping groups like jehovah's witnesses whose religion bans them from receiving another person's blood. it is less traumatic than traditional trans fusions, reducing recovery times and the risk of complications or death. the feeling is, this machine could revolutionize the
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operating theatre. >> phil lavelle. no three piece for lebron james this year. one of the world's greatest soccer players puts on a show at the world cup. we head to the hometown of leonel messi. plus... >> new york subway performers often a stepping stone to stardom.
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>> we have to move out of here right now >> i think we have a problem... >> we have to get out of here... >> they're telling that they they don't wanna show what's really going on... >> mr. drumfield, i'd like to speak to you for a minute... >> this is where columbia's war continues... >> ...still occupied... >> police have arrived... you see the blast scars from a bomb that went off... welcome back. i tell you, they wasted no time packing the streets. thousands are celebrating tonight after the spurs won the nba championship. we saw people, lots of cars lining the streets, waving flags. this was a moment they were waiting for. the nba finals, they are over.
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the spurs blew out the miami heat 104 to 87 to win their 5th basketball title. they wrapped up the series in game 5 in texas less than an hour ago. lebron james scored three 1 points and had 10 rebounds but not enough. the spurs, leonard was named mvp. martin kamer took a 5 shot lead into the final round and kept his lead throughout. the 29-year-old finished 9 under 271 winning by eight shots. world cup action in brazil has wrapped up the fourth day of play in today's matches. schwitzer land defeated ecuador 2 goals to won. france emerged vicktorious against hon dueras, 3 goals to nil.
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hondu honduras played after one man was ejected. super star lionel messi scored in their match-up. argentina winning two goals to 1. messi is one of the most famous soccer players in the world. he is a mega star in the spanish league. many of argentina's world cup hopes and expectations rest heavily on him. al jazeera's daniel schweimler rest on him. he was born and grew up in rosario. >> this is rosario, a city currently embroiled in a battle to control drug traffickers. it's also a city with a deep ball. two main teams, the rosario central. it's this hot bed of talent that produced messi.
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>> here we have the rosario league, competitive >> our main support. this is a rich balling area. these pitches produce a huge number of talented kids who aspire to play in the top divisions. >> born in this humble neighborhood was one, a precocious talents despite his tiny stature. his childhood friend, diego with messi's face everywhere, they are exchanging memories of the young leo. >> we played ball since he had a ball at his feet. we built huts and climbed trees or spent all day on our bikes. it was ball most of the time. >> diego shows us where 16 years ago, the boys wrote their names in wet cement. there there was a big difference between the way leo played and the rest of us, in his movements and the way he expressed himself. seeing him play as an adult, i remember those same movements as
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when he was a kid. argentina hopes to see those silky skills bring them world cup glory for the third time. >> we are a long way from here the school where he honed his balling skills to the world cup. he played a few hundred kilometers north of here in brazil. years after he left, messi has been remembered in the way he would most appreciate and understand with youngsters having a kick-around in the park. argentina is poised for a world cup that many here expect them to win. >> expectation, the birthplace of messi is just that little bit more intention. daniel schweimler the, rosario. >> german facing portugal at noon. iran plays nigeria at 3:00 p.m. the u.s.a. makes its debut in this year's fifa world cup.
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they take on ghana at 6:00 p.m. eastern time. team u.s.a. will face soggy conditions. these right here are the conditions you are about to see in the city of natal, severe weather in the northern city over the past few days have led to landslides. more rain is expected tomorrow let's go to rebecca stevenson joining us to get more on the conditions there. >> they are going to get thunderstorms. they are just going to dump so much rain on them. it's interesting because i want to show you the satellite of south america because we have such different climates from the south where it's cooler up to the north near the equator where it's hot and humid and a rain forest. let's overlay the jet stream or the primary storm track and you can see that we have some systems coming up to the coast from the south for chile. once it gets over the andes, it starts to wrap around in a counterclockwise position and bring in showers and thunderstorms along the coast of brazil really impacting where they are going to be playing
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soccer tomorrow. it's going to be muddy, wet, in 24 hours, we had almost three inches of rain there and the current humidity, 94%. it is stuicky out there. let's talk the u.s., where we have got some dry weather and it is very, very dry in the southwest. we have had thunderstorms starting to increase in numbers and parts of kansas and nebraska. nothing developed tonight. >> that's good news. we will expect that risk into the morning hours to continue through parts of illinois and ohio as we have a little disturb answer rolling through. it doesn't look like these thunderstorms could have as good of a chance as becoming severe but it's still there. in the meantime, hot weather for phoenix, 103, and our hugh mitty there is so low, single diligents, 5 to 8%. we have a fire weather watch once again. >> some of those conditions, it's absolutely amazing what they are going through.
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103 in phoenix. >> heat will catch up to you, i tell you. r rebecca, thank you. most governments campaign to have areas listed as world heritage sites but australia wants the u.n.'s world heritage committee to the scrap its ruling protecting a large area of the tasmanian wilderness. the move is all about money. andrew thomas has the story from tasmania. >> reporter: they reach for the sky, growing straight up. some are as much as 80 meters tall and 4 to 600 years old. right now, the trees of tasmania's florentin valley are protected. they can't be logged. >> last year, they added the wet forest to the world heritage. >> that listing by unesco was on the advice of australia's last government. as a result, jobs are at risk. this get parcells for $5,000. a cabinet like this can sell for
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$30,000. >> being able to to say this is an item made of birds eye human pine with tittlewood blackwood in it, you can only get that in tasmania, that is the cornerstone of our industry. >> late last year, australia's government changed to one that things environmental standards are holding back the economy. it's asked unesco to reverse the decision and say these forests aren't of world heritage value. >> that's outrage some environmentalists. they thought they had won the latest battle in tasmania's forest which date back decades and have included some protesters living in trees for months. >> this is being protected and added to the world heritage area and it's an international embarrassment that australia is prepared to go down the line of trying to go down that listing so it can be logged. >> some people in specialized
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timber industries think the original prosto see extend the heritage was flawed, so-called indent experts had undeclared links to environmental groups and no attention was paid to the cultural value of what they do. >> these products grow in native forests. we can't go anywhere else. we can't harvest them where they don't grow. >> it's pretty unprecedented for a country to ask for the de-listing of a site. unesco will have to decide if it was based upon whether it was bad advise and to allow the logging of some of these giant trees in the for entity valley of tasmania. >> next action sounds of the underground. ♪ subway performers sharpening their skills getting ready for the big-time. ♪ the sin in your life, that caused your rape.
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>> how can college therapists... >> i felt like i had been raped all over again >> ...better help these victims only on al jazeera america the night's events,
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a smarter start to your day. mornings on al jazeera america these subways used by millions of people each year creating a captive audience for many performers. staff instead of me cy explains.
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>> reporter: it's the toughest gig in show business. vying for attention and tips, competing with a cacophony of screeching new york city subway trains. ♪. >> anyone can perform. but there is no guarantee the police won't shut the acts down. to control who does get to sing for their supper, the mta holds auditions every year. aspiring stores perform american idol style hoping to nab one of 30 coveted subway spots. >> this is the gig. the newsicians are here because of the quality performance. ♪. >> as you would expect in a city with broadway hopefuls, competition is intention. the act is as diverse as the city itself. some are philosophical. >> the money isn't the r.n. to do it. it's to connect to the new york diasphora. >> others about pragmatic self
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interest. >> you can get a lot of, you know, exposure here you always like looking to get discovered. ♪. >> fame motivated adam evans who goes by the name verbal ase to pursue it. his act, the human beat box is a crowd pleaser. he has found success above ground. still, he sees it all as a dress rehearsal leading up to the main act. >> i want to be on t.v. because i want to show the world what i can do as an artist. ♪. >> among the dreamers, someone occasionally makes it big. ♪ don't walk out that door. ♪ just turn around now. ♪ you are not welcome anymore. ♪ alice tan ribe began singing underground almost 25 years ago. her career on a dual track, a board of education employee by day, a subway performer by night. >> what i made in the subway was
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way more than what i made on my job. and i worked with the board of education for 18 years. ♪ might have been... >> she enjoyed a big fan vase, helping out tunes and getting others to join in. >> when i would go to the people and audience and let them sing ♪ my girl. >> that just made their day. >> at 61, ridley says it's not too late to break into the music business. these days, she's busy recording an album and touring the world. >> i am not looking for overnight sensation or none of that. i am looking to just be here and to inspire people to never give up. ♪ as... >> a long journey from subway to stage. she is getting ready to deliver her mag numb opus
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♪ ♪ stephanie cy, al jazeera, new york. . >> keep on singing. >> will do it for this hour. i am thomas drayton in new york. we leave you with live frequents san antonio texas where thousands are celebrating the spurs winning the nba championship. happy father's day. have a great night. >> how many gun charges do you have in your history? >> two. >> two. and selling heroine. >> yes sir. i have no excuse for it aside from i was being stupid. trying to make money. >> whenever i see something that has happened in the news, my